Showdown Saturday in the Southern Conference
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Pretender or contender.
That big question will be determined for some on Saturday in the Southern Conference title race. Top-ranked Appalachian State will host No, 19 Elon, while No. 21 Wofford will visit No. 16 Georgia Southern in a pair of key games within The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25.
Both home teams have had two weeks of preparation because of a bye in last weekend's schedule.
Appalachian State (4-0, 2-0) is in pursuit of its sixth straight conference crown and sits in first place. Elon (2-3, 1-1) was the runner-up to the Mountaineers last season and would fall from being a realistic title contender if it doesn't pull an upset in Boone, N.C.
The game is a matchup of two of the more dynamic quarterbacks in the Football Championship Subdivision. Elon's Scott Riddle is the SoCon's all-time leader in passing yardage (11,615), having passed two-time Walter Payton Award winner Armanti Edwards of App State earlier this season. DeAndre Presley has been outstanding in replacing Edwards at App State and becoming a Payton Award candidate while leading the Mountaineers to their No. 1 ranking.
The Wofford-Georgia Southern showdown in Statesboro has an optimistic feel to it after both traditionally strong teams suffered losing records last season. Both are 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the SoCon, joining App State as the last unbeaten teams in conference play.
Each team runs the option, with Wofford ranking first in the SoCon in rushing yards per game (322.3) and Georgia Southern ranking second (273). Georgia Southern leads the conference in allowing only 84.3 rushing yards per game.
10/08 13:26:30 ET